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Time Capsule for Bishops Warren Street

A Time Capsule for Warren Street

The group of volunteers from the community that has guided
the city’s work on the City of Bishop Warren Street Impr
ovements project proposes to place a time capsule under
the project’s concrete. The time capsule would probably go near the Bishop library and could contain mementos from Bishop as it is today to be opened at some time in the future, say 50 years from now.
The volunteer group invites ideas from the community about what should go into the time capsule. Paper and small items would probably be the most appropriate items to go into the capsule. The time capsule will probably be a tube about 6 inches in diameter
and about 2 feet long. All the items chosen for the time capsule would need to fit in the tube together. The capsule would probably
be placed near the end of project construction in May 2015.
If you have a suggestion or have something you would be willing to donate to go into the time capsule, let the City of Bishop
Department of Public Works know at, 760-873-8458, or 377 West Line Street, Bishop
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Mammoth Lakes Marijuana store theft

Mammoth Lakes Marijuana Dispensary is Burglarized

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in an early morning burglary at the Mammoth Lakes Wellness Marijuana Dispensary.

At about 4:00 A.M. on Monday March 9th, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were advised of a burglary that had just occurred at the dispensary. Prior to officers’ arrival, a female employee drove to the business to turn off the alarm. Upon arrival, she noticed broken glass at the front entrance and called the owner. As the employee stood near the front entrance, a suspect exited from the business through a hole in the glass. The employee turned and ran toward her car, with the suspect giving chase. The employee made it into her car and shut the door. The suspect began punching her car window while yelling verbal threats at her. The employee was able to drive away and was unhurt. She last saw the suspect running southbound toward Center Street and the Shady Rest forest.

Upon reviewing the security videos and interviewing the employee, Mammoth Lakes Police officers have concluded there are at least two suspects. They were also able to identify at least one suspect vehicle, seen casing the business. The dispensary operator is cooperating with investigating officers and working with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department to bring these suspects to justice.

The suspects were able to use a fire extinguisher to break the windows for access to the lobby area, but were unable to access the rest of the business.

The suspects attempted to conceal their identities; however officers were able to get footage of their faces. One of the suspects was described as a male, 5’7”-5’9”, thin build, blue or light colored hooded sweatshirt, white mask or towel covering his upper body, blue or green eyes. One suspect was wearing a ‘Bulls’ cap.

Officers are looking for a dark SUV with a spare tire, similar to a Jeep Liberty.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. You may contact the police station at (760) 934-2011, the Tip Line at (760) 934-3261, via e-mail or the Mammoth Lakes Police Department Facebook page where you can view several photos and a short video clip. You may remain anonymous.

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Owens Valley Petroglyphs

FECM Annual Meeting Spotlights Owens Valley Petroglyphs

 The annual meeting of the Friends of the Eastern California Museum features an exploration of ancient mysteries and a chance to indulge in some high-class modern amenities.

The public is invited to the Friends Annual Meeting, which will take place on Saturday, March 14. The event will begin with a reception at the Eastern California Museum (155 N. Grant Street in Independence) at 4 p.m. with light refreshments. At 5:30 p.m. the action shifts to the historic American Legion Hall for a community potluck. There is no charge for the event, but a potluck dish would be appreciated. There will be a brief business meeting to install new officers for the non-profit Friends of the Eastern California Museum for 2015.

Next comes the Silent Auction. People can bid on a wide range of merchandise and services donated by local businesses. Besides books and sporting goods and other local bargains, among some of the more interesting items up for grabs are a stay, including golf, at the Historic Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park, and a week’s stay at a condo in Mammoth. The Silent Action proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Museum.

The evening’s presentation features independent rock art researcher David Lee, of Bishop, who will speak about his work over the past 20 years documenting and studying the Owen’s Valley’s extensive examples of ancient rock art.

The Owens Valley is home to a spectacular concentration of Native American Petroglyphs and Picto-graphs, and this art can provide clues to the thoughts and beliefs of the region’s earlier inhabitants. Lee and his colleagues have spent two decades documenting these images in the Owens Valley, the Great Basin, and throughout the American west and Australia. Their findings refute numerous earlier hypotheses, and show that rather than being monolithic expressions of hunters or healers, rock art produced by forager societies such as those in the Owens Valley can be seen as playing an important role in the lives of everyone in the group, and in linking that group to specific places. 

Lee is a rock art researcher, focusing on the function and context of rock art in the Owens Valley, Death Valley, the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert. He has documented rock art in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Australia, and has co-authored several papers on the rock art found in the Mojave Desert and Eastern California. He is a founding member of the non-profit organization, Western Rock Art Research, located in Bishop and dedicated to the study and management of rock art.

For more information about any aspect of the Friends of the Eastern California Museum’ Annual Meeting, call 760-878-0364, or visit,


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Bees and Butterflies

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Event

Bring Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden This Spring
Sign Up Today to Receive Free Native Plants for Your Pollinator Garden

Have you considered creating a pollinator-friendly garden blooming with native plants, but don’t know where to start? Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are teaming up to help 20 local gardeners create habitat for bees, butterflies and more by giving away up to $200 per garden in free native plants.

To take part in this opportunity, participants must attend ESLT’s Native Plant and Pollinator Workshop on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-12pm at ESLT’s office at 250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop. Gardeners must also agree to certify their pollinator habitats with ESLT by October 2015. New pollinator gardens, as well as those already certified at the Silver level but not yet Gold, are eligible to receive up to $200 in native plants. Free plants only go to the first 20 people to sign up for the workshop, so contact ESLT’s Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps member, Sara Kokkelenberg at (760) 873-4554 to RSVP today!

Since last April, ESLT’s Eastside Pollinator Garden Project has been working to bring butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to backyards throughout Inyo and Mono Counties. Last summer, ESLT certified over 35 individual and community garden spaces throughout the region as pollinator-friendly habitat. This spring, with the support of USFWS and the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), 20 more gardeners will get to see their backyards come to life with native plants and pollinators.

ESLT’s Native Plant and Pollinator Workshop on March 28th will feature several speakers who will talk about pollinator habitat, share resources for getting started on a new pollinator-friendly garden, and discuss deadlines and required forms for getting certified. In addition, ESLT will host a taste-test of a variety of honeys to whet your pollinator garden imagination.

ESLT is committed to keeping the Eastern Sierra community up-to-date on upcoming workshops, events, and citizen science projects. Anyone interested in signing up for the Native Plant and Pollinator Workshop or in certifying a garden as pollinator-friendly habitat is encouraged to visit to learn more, or contact Sara Kokkelenberg at (760) 873-4554.

ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. ESLT’s goal is to preserve a healthy balance of land uses that can be sustained forever, ensuring both a strong local economy and environment. For more information about ESLT’s mission and preserved lands, visit our website at

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Mammoth Fire Dept Training

Mammoth Wildland Firefighting Training

Over the next couple of weeks, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department will be conducting some wildland firefighting training with its members in several neighborhoods in town. Exercises of this nature are invaluable when it comes to pre-planning the tactics and strategies of fighting a moving wildfire front in a community such as Mammoth Lakes. The Department does not want to alarm anyone and wants to get the word out that these exercises are going to take place.

The exercises will occur in the Juniper Ridge, Lower Majestic Pines neighborhood, the area between Snowcreek Crest and Snowcreek 1, 2, and 3, and in the entire Old Mammoth area west of Waterford and Ski Trail. The training activities will occur on March 19 and 26 in the evenings from approximately 7pm to 9pm and will involve numerous pieces of equipment and personnel. In some cases hoselines will be deployed between homes and minimal amounts of water flowed. Also, to simulate spot fires, colored “Cyalume” light sticks will be placed and retrieved during the training. Areas selected will be locations that will have little or no vegetative impacts. Different techniques will be practiced that allow a crew to train in the tactical actions used to defend structures in the Wildland/Urban Interface.

If you would like more information on this or any other fire related matters, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300.

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Tonopah Principal Arrested

Tonopah Principal arrested on Lewdness and Child Abuse Charges

They Nye County Sheriffs Department is reporting the arrest of 57 year old Tonopah resident Alvin Eiseman.  According to the Nye Sheriffs arrest report, deputies were dispatched to the Tononopah High School on February 27th on the report of an alleged  incident involving a female juvenile.  The responding NCSO Deputies were given information of an incident that took place on 2-25-15.
Deputies learned that one female juvenile reported having been touched on her breast, allegedly by Tonopah Principal Alvin Eiseman, while a second juvenile reported having been allegedly hit in the arm by Eiseman. Over the course of several days NCSO Deputies interviewed the suspect as well as both victims.
At the completion of the investigation and review of all information gathered NCSO Deputies determined that probable cause for the arrest of Eiseman was present. Eiseman was booked into the Tonopah Detention Facility on the above charges without incident.
Nye County School District was notified and has taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the children in school.


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ES Guide Puppies Growing Fast

New Additions added to Eastern Sierra Guide Pups

Three new Guide Dog Puppies join the local pack
Eastern Sierra Guide Puppies, the local puppy raising club for Guide Dogs for the Blind, has three new members.

Black Labrador Retriever Remus is the most recent arrival. This eleven week old puppy is being raised by Anne Parkes of Mammoth Lakes, and is her third Guide Dog puppy. Remus has unusual and distinctive brindle markings on his legs, making him something of a novelty in the Guide Dog puppy world.

Yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever cross Eliza is being raised by Leigh Gaasch, also of Mammoth Lakes. Eliza is 13 weeks old, and is the fourth puppy Gaasch has raised. She is also the first Lab/Golden cross in the club, making her something of a novelty as well.


Seven month old Yellow Labrador Retriever Pilsner rounds out the puppy trio. He is being raised by Rick and Ramona Delmas of Bishop, and is their second Guide Dog puppy. Pilsner was “started” by Anne Parkes, and then transferred to the Delmas family is January.


Eastern Sierra Guide Puppies club meets regularly in Bishop, and takes the puppies on socialization outings all around the Eastern Sierra. Puppy raisers receive the pups when they are between 8 and 10 weeks of age, and raise them for approximately a year, at which time they return to the organization for their advanced training.

The club is always looking for new puppy raisers, puppy sitters and club volunteers. “Raising a Guide Dog puppy is such a fun and rewarding experience,” said club leader Betsy Thomsen. “You can actually make a wonderful difference in the life of a visually impaired person by being involved in our program.”

Puppy raisers teach their pups basic obedience, socialize them and train them to be good canine citizens by introducing them to new experiences.

The pups are returned to Guide Dogs for formal guidework training when they are 14-18 months old. Eiger, a pup raised in Bishop by Thomsen and her husband Peter, and Marion and Nona Davis, is currently in the final phase of his advanced training at the San Rafael, CA campus.

Following the completion of the training, the dogs are matched with their visually impaired partners. The new person-dog teams completes an intensive in-residence course culminating with a graduation ceremony at which the puppy raiser presents the dog to their new partner.

Guide Dogs for the Blind has been creating life-long partnerships by providing Guide Dogs free of charge to visually impaired individuals since 1942. The organization receives no government funding, but depends entirely on private donations.

For more information on the local puppy raising club, contact Betsy Thomsen at 760-920-8891 or

Additional information on Guide Dogs for the Blind may be obtained by visiting

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Deadly Head On Crash on 395

CHP Details the crash that kills an LA man

Just after 11:30 Thursday morning a southbound Dodge Ram attempting a pass collided with a northbound motor-home resulting in the death of 48-year old Los Angeles man Niquizlticoatl.   Niquiztlicoatl was behind the wheel of the Dodge.

According to the California Highway Patrols accident report Niquiztlicoal was driving southbound on highway 395 outside of Cartago, just south of Lone Willow Dip.  66-year old Sylmar resident Rockwell Barnes was driving a 2007 motor-home northbound.  The report notes that Niquiztlicoal “pulled out across a solid yellow line to make a pass, pulling out directly in front of the motor-home.”

Niquiztlicoal was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine with major injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Rockwell Barnes sustained very minor injuries in the collision and refused medical care.  His passenger, 70-year old Margaret Barnes was first transported to Southern Inyo Hospital with major injuries and was ultimately flow by Mercy Air to Antelope Valley Hospital.

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Extreme Makeover: Warren Street

Work continues on Bishop’s Warren Street

City of Bishop Public Works News Release
Warren Street Construction Update 7
Placement of concrete is the main activity this week on the City of
Bishop Warren Street Improvements project. Concrete work is essentially complete on the block of Warren between Line and Church and will continue next on Warren between Church and Academy. Concrete work is expected to start on Church Street between Main and Warren next week. The completion of storm drain near Academy is on hold while waiting for underground phone
cables to be relocated. Repaving will be one of the last construction operations.
Construction on and near Warren Street in downtown Bishop involves the closure of streets, intersections, sidewalks, and driveways.  Access is still available to businesses but in most cases it would be better to park nearby and walk a block to visit your favorite local business. Access to city parking lots is normally still available during construction, but entrances may be different and parts of the lots may be closed due to the construction.
Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway. The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off. Work is expected to continue into May.
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Flight Testing in Southern Inyo

China Lake to buzz southern Inyo Communities

Operational flight tests scheduled over
Lone Pine, Independence and Trona

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. — Starting March 11, operational flight tests will be conducted in the vicinity of the towns of Lone Pine, Independence and Trona.

These events will include flights directly over these towns. The testing requires aircrew to fly at 1000′ over populated areas to simulate urban missions. All flights will be conducted in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration directives. The tests will take place during the day and each town will only be overflown once or twice a week. There will be no supersonic flight or any weapons release.

“We are fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with the local population in the vicinity of NAWS China Lake. We are very grateful for the support and understanding we have received from in the past from the citizens of Lone Pine, Independence and Trona when executing similar tests,” said Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE Commanding Officer Capt. Gordon Cross. “Operational tests of this nature are required to adequately evaluate new combat systems; combat systems that deliver increased capabilities to the Sailors and Aircrew at sea. ”

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